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Rise of the Planet of the Apes [DVD]


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  • Actors: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton
  • Directors: Rupert Wyatt
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Finnish, Danish, German, Swedish, Italian, Norwegian
  • Dubbed: Spanish, German, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (546 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006E09TYI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From WETA, the creators of Avatar comes the ultimate sci-fi re-boot--Rise of the Planet of the Apes. An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

"Hands down the best blockbuster of the year [2011]" ****--Daily Star Sunday
"A must see movie… ape-solutely brilliant" ****--The Sun
"9/10, a must-see sci-fi action blockbuster"--Daily Star
**** Mail On Sunday
**** Sunday Express
**** Metro
**** Daily Mail
**** Daily Express
**** Daily Mirror
**** The Guardian

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A galaxy's worth of nihilism buried under a 70s Velveeta topping, The Planet of the Apes series stands today as a dark marvel of pop cinema, a group of wildly variable films that combine to form a giant inescapable kiss-off to the human race. (That said message was able to withstand such distractions as ever-cheapening makeup and Charlton Heston loudly pounding sand makes its achievements even more impressive, really.) Boasting a keen awareness of its predecessors' particular charms and a gem of a central CGI performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes for a rather miraculous summer movie: a big-budget special effects extravaganza that also delivers a killer backhand. Sort of redoing 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the film follows the events set in motion when a bereaved scientist (James Franco) attempts to create a cure for Alzheimer's, resulting in a supernaturally intelligent chimp named Caesar. The old bit about science tampering in God's domain quickly applies. Director Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) displays an admirable sense of pacing, deftly levying the escalating action scenes with small character moments from the likes of John Lithgow and Brian Cox. That said, the film belongs to Caesar, whose path from wide-eyed innocent to reluctant revolutionary generates the ironic pulp empathy that gave the original series such a kick. Watching the climactic confrontation on the Golden Gate Bridge, it's distressingly easy to figure out which side to root for. Chuck Heston would no doubt grit his teeth in approval. Note: Those skeptical that this revamp could wholly retain the original's doomy backbeat would do well to stick around during the end credits. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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98 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Rob Payne on 21 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray
What a very very good film this is. In `Rise of The Planet of the Apes', English director Rupert Wyatt has a stab at doing what Tim Burton failed spectacularly to do in 2001 - resurrecting the Planet of the Apes franchise. What Wyatt has created, against all the odds, is a thoughtful, intelligent and stirring piece which provides the perfect antidote to all the silly, lacklustre `Apes' films since Franklin J. Schaffer's classic original from 1968.

The film charts the rise of Caesar, an orphaned laboratory chimp, from timid youngster to a sort of revolutionary leader of his fellow Simians. Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist at a pharmaceutical company researching a new drug and potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease that reverses the damage to brain tissue, tested on chimps. The effect it has on these animals is to rapidly increase intelligence to an unprecedented degree. After one of the apes goes berserk and trashes the laboratory, the drug is rejected by investors and all but one of the chimps, the baby Caesar, are killed. Will takes the chimp home with him and raises it himself but continues to use the drug on his father (John Lithgow), an Alzheimer's sufferer. Needless to say things go awry, and Caesar is taken away to a special facility where a large number of primates are held in captivity. Along the way there are various maltreatments of Caesar and his fellow chimps at the hands of sadistic humans, all of which contributes to his rise to power. Here begins the most powerful section of the movie, as Caesar gains the trust of his fellow apes and then eventually begins to command them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The word reimagining is a much-abused one in movies, but Rise of the Planet of the Apes is such a superb example of how a disappointing film can be remade as a genuinely satisfying one by approaching the same basic story points from a very different angle. This isn't the conquest of the planet but the first step, and one that begins with the best intentions before escalating along with the genetically-enhanced chimp Caesar's growing intelligence. It manages to be both smart and entertaining, packing a lot more into its 105-minute running time than many a more bloated blockbuster and fits in firmly with the original series of films, from the references to Taylor's lost mission being launched to the origins of the plague that, in Conquest, was held responsible for the death of all domestic pets but here seems more dangerous to humans. And it's satisfying that, true to the Lawgiver's scrolls, it's the word No that is pivotal. Just as satisfyingly, it doesn't overdo the sly references to the original that are there to be discovered rather than hitting you over the head with them - Charlton Heston on TV, Caesar's mother sharing the same name the apes give Taylor in the original (Bright Eyes), an elderly orangutan called Maurice.

Abandoning prosthetics for mocap for the apes, the special effects are superb, allowing Andy Serkis to give another of his remarkable creature performances that was sadly ignored yet again at awards season while at the same time being far more convincingly simian than even the great John Chambers could manage. These apes look and move and behave like primates even in the exhilarating finale when the simian Spartacus re-enacts a moment from Kubrick's film before the impressive Golden Gate showdown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
A female Chimpanzee is captured and taken from it's natural environment becoming a subject of medical
experiment at a U.S institute researching a cure for alzheimer's disease, developing ALZ-112''
It is used on the Chimpanzee in the hope of a medical breakthrough, there are signs that the drug stimulates
the apes normal behaviour, it's intelligence appears enhanced.
The Chimpanzee breaks loose from it's cage and causes havoc, the ape is shot, she dies after giving birth.
The young Chimpanzee is taken home by the scientist 'Will' (James Franco) almost from the word go the
young Chimp 'Caesar' shows signs of advanced awareness and skills way beyond expectation.
'Will's' father has the illness 'Will' has been striving to find a cure for, illegally 'Will' gives his father 'Charles'
the drug ALZ-112'' that had enhanced the apes at the institute, his father responds well, though it is not a
long-term cure, his father has quality in his life again.
As 'Caesar' grows older he wants to join in with the children he can see playing from his window, of course it
is a step too far for the children's parents.
'Will' now with 'Caroline' take 'Caesar' to a local park where the instincts of his forefathers kick-in, however he
is also developing the skills and knowledge of his human surroundings.
What has 'Will' created with the help of his experimental drug ?
'Caesar' begins to want more as he gets older.
Things come to a head when 'Caesar' springs to the defence of 'Will's' father 'Charles' who's condition has now
deteriorated, 'Charles' has tried to drive a neighbours car away causing damage to three vehicles, the owners
of course giving 'Charles' much verbal abuse.....he's tried to protect Charles.
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